I have found that many of us are getting tired of how many Americans see the worst in people and then make a political or legal issue out of it. This is so prevalent that I often jokingly call it “pulling an American”.
Generally, its making a big deal out of nothing or something minor. To me, that’s what most of it is. They see “hate” in a glance or malicious intent in a simple act, for example. How many times have I seen simple everyday events turned into some form of abuse or discrimination? Its not uncommon that a specific group of people do this quite extensively, sometimes to the point of nausea. A good example are a group of people called ‘feminists’. I’ve written an article about some of the claims they said in this article: “Thoughts on the absurd claims of feminists“. Another group that are known for this are black people. I’ve seen many who see racism in everything, even in how the leaves of grass bend in the wind. But it can be practically anyone. Often, these border on paranoid delusions. In some cases, they make things out as if there was a ‘conspiracy’ to treat them bad by the government or by other people. No matter what it is they will see the worst that it can be.
But what makes it truly “American” is that they bring politics and law into it. This makes it something like a “politically justified bitching and moaning”, often over the most stupid and assinine of things. Because it appears to be politically justified people think it makes them automatically “right”. As a result, they talk with great authority and a sense of “I’m justified”. This gives it an almost comical quality if you stand back and look at it, like a bunch of people playing ‘pretend authority’. This comical quality is often referred to by people. Its best described in the statement that seems quite common. There are many variations of this statement but a common version goes something like: “if you look at a minority the wrong way then you’re a ‘racist'”. We see here the themes of a trivial thing (looking at someone) being made out as a political issue (‘racist’). Its absurd, as many of these claims are . . . what do you think inspired such a statement?
The logic of “pulling an American” tends to follow this pattern:
- Bring up an issue. Typically, these are “hot issues” socially. This is often not because they necessarily are but that they were once in the past. In fact, most of the “hot issues” originate from the cold war era and are, like the cold war, out of date. This fact makes “pulling an American” even more pathetic. Because most originate in the cold war era there are very few “new” issues that has appeared since then. In fact, many originate from the 1970’s. They pretty much revolve around the same themes over and over and over again. This gives it a quality of an endless statements of the same things and themes . . . what I sometimes jokingly call the ‘American scratched record’. Because of this, many of these themes reach the point of becoming an obsession or a fixation for some people. Its like they only know how to look at things from that point of view. Because of this, there is a tendency to ignore other issues that may be more critical. In many ways, this is one of the problems of America, its got an out-dated mode of looking at things, which make them look at issues that aren’t issues and neglect the real issues. So Mr. American will piss and moan because someone used a ‘racial slur’ (God help us all!), which will hit national news and be the hot topic for weeks, while runaway government spending is wasting billions of the taxpayers money . . . but no one notices that or cares! Because of its cold war origin “pulling an American” tends to emphasize themes that were relevent then: hate, war, violence, specific social problems (such as race, particularly if you’re black), government control, etc. Typically, the “pulling an American” requires some form of an association with cold war themes. This more or less means that all this is a remnant of the cold war and is, in a way, a continuation of it.
- Bring in politics and law. Once the association with the cold war is made a person must bring in politics and law to give it the illusion of justification and right. This means that you make it a matter of themes associated with American politics and law, such as “oppression”, “tyranny”, “rights violation”, “discrimination”, “freedom”, “democracy”, or any other thing that is associated with these. Once you make this connection, then you now have a “viable complaint”. And, more importantly, its a “viable complaint with political/legal power”. In many ways, its this “power” that has made it get so out-of-hand. This is not necessarily because people making a political/legal issue out of things is justified but that this system is stupid enough to believe what they’re saying. . . this is what gives it power. In other words, its the stupidity of the system, and the people, that have given it such power and, subsequently, made it into the problem it is. All you have to do is yell “rights violation” or “racism” and every American and his dog will make a big deal about it. It might even be on the news for weeks. What this shows is that, in America, there is a horrible stupidity in the name of politics and law. As a result of this, it has gotten out of control.
- Make an issue out of it. Once the above acts are made a person can make a big deal about it. You can start accusing, villanizing, condemning, and so on. We can all sit and bicker and moan over nothing, or blow things out of proportion . . . truly, that is a trait of the modern politically and legally aware American. We can sue over the most stupid of reasons. We can accuse people of things they didn’t do. We can make ourselves as the “oppressed” or “victims” of everything under the sun. Even if someone did happen to do something ‘bad’ (such as calling them a name . . . God help us all!) we can blow it so out-of-proportion that the fate of the world depends on what we do about it. We can make a crime out of spanking your own kids. I can call a person a ‘racist’ for calling me “white”. It goes on and on . . . the stupidity is almost endless.
To me, “pulling an American” has got to the point of being nauseating. Its so old and out-dated its ridiculous. I often can’t believe that the ridiculous logic still works! In fact, sometimes it seems like its getting worse.